Wednesday, March 14. #ENOUGH: National School Walkout, organized by Women’s March Youth EMPOWER. This national action encourages students and teachers to walk out of school for 17 minutes at 10AM. Maine Gun Safety Coalition Executive Director Nick Wilson will be speaking at the Cape Elizabeth High School walkout, and are providing resources to any interested student-initiated rallies in Maine. If you'd like to connect with MGSC about a walkout, please email email@example.com.
Thursday, March 15 at 3:30 pm. Maine Educator Walkout & Rally, organized by Maine Educators United Against Gun Violence. teachers will walkout at 3:30 pm and head towards a rally at Portland City Hall featuring Portland Police Chief & MGSC Board Member Mike Sauschuck. Maine educators have had #enough and are staging a symbolic walkout to show that educators are united in their commitment to end the cycle of senseless gun deaths in our country.
Saturday, March 24. March for Our Lives, is a national march on DC organized by students across the country. While MGSC is supporting students traveling to DC, we are encouraging supporters to attend a local march if they cannot travel to DC. There are events in Augusta, Belfast, Brunswick, Farmington, and Waterville. MGSC is an official sponsor of the Portland and Bangor marches.
Monday, April 2 – Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy Day, is an opportunity for MGSC and coalition partners including Mom's Demand Action, domestic violence groups, and public health practitioners to advocate for bills such as Senator Dion's red flag law that was recently introduced thanks to the legislative council. Read MGSC's testimony from last year when we introduced a similar bill.
Tuesday, April 20 - Walk-In Against Gun Violence at USM - If we're going to make lasting change, we must educate and support high school and college students as they seek to learn more about gun violence policy and how to translate policy into political action. A National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools is scheduled for April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine. Since April 20 falls during Maine's spring break and makes a school walkout impossible, MGSC is planning a WALK-IN Against Gun Violence.
We invite high school and college students from around Maine to come together at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus to teach each other about how to make Maine a safer place. Students can register for this FREE event and teachers can sign-up to help here.
Parkland, Florida School Shooting: A former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shot and killed at least 17 people and wounded 14 others on February 14, 2018 with a military-style assault weapon and large capacity magazines. Read MGSC's call to action in response to this tragedy.
Suicide Prevention: The Portland Press Herald published a Maine Voices column by MGSC Executive Director Nick Wilson about the need to collaborate to prevent firearm suicides and an unfortunate experience with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Federally Mandated Concealed Carry: Legislation before Congress would override state permitting laws that regulate who can carry a loaded hidden gun. We've included a new Johns Hopkins report about this dangerous legislation.
Guns for Drugs: Maine is a source state for crime guns. Our new backgrounder explores how drug traffickers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York sell heroin and cocaine in Maine and use the proceeds to buy illicit guns by exploiting Maine's weak gun laws.
Domestic Violence Mass Shooting in Madison, ME: We know that the most dangerous time for a woman in an abusive relationship is when she makes an attempt to leave, especially when the abuser has easy access to firearms. On July 5, 2017, Carroll Tuttle Jr. went on a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of his wife, son, and a neighbor over the untrue belief that his wife was having an affair.
Speaker Sara Gideon Address 250 MGSC
Supporters at March 1 Advocacy Day
"We have to ask ourselves why we are making our kids suffer for the lack of responsibility of our government. Why are our kids braver when they go into school then we are when we cast our votes?" The full text of Speaker Sara Gideon's speech is available at her website.